dimanche 9 avril 2017

Israel closes Gaza, West Bank for 10 days

"israel" ferme Gaza et la Cisjordanie pendant 10 jours

Israeli authorities sealed the West Bank and tightened the decade-long closure of the Gaza Strip
for the Jewish holiday of Purim, preventing movement both in and out of the occupied territory.


Israeli authorities announced on Friday that occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip would be sealed off for ten days during Jewish holiday of Passover.

The closure is starting on Sunday night, April 9, and is to last until Monday, April 17, Israeli occupation sources said.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the closure, saying that all crossings between Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank would be closed.

Spokesperson for COGAT, the Israeli agency responsible for implementing Israeli policies in the Palestinian territory, also confirmed the closure.

Last month, Israeli authorities sealed the West Bank and tightened the decade-long closure of the Gaza Strip for the Jewish holiday of Purim, preventing movement both in and out of the occupied territory.

Severe restrictions on movement for Palestinians are typically implemented by Israeli authorities during Jewish holidays for alleged security purposes.

Meanwhile, such policies have been strongly criticised by rights groups for amounting to collective punishment, while blocking Palestinians who work in Israel and Jerusalem from accessing their jobs, exacerbating economic suffering in the territory.

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